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Sometimes an artist takes the stage and blows everyone away with a great performance. And sometimes, the performance is overshadowed by an embarrassing outfit blunder. Hey, it happens to the best of them. Check out the worst celebrity performance outfits ever.
After living in the shadows of her big sister Toni Braxton, and then her other sisters, Tamar has finally stepped into the spotlight all on her own. The “Love and War” singer took to the stage at the 2013 Soul Train Awards in a risqué outfit and immediately there was a backlash on social networks. Many believed the sheer outfit, complete with black sequins to cover up her goodies, was a distraction from her singing ability. Not one to let the criticism keep her down, Braxton responded to the flack via twitter: “I’m NOT on the red carpet & if u like my performance & outfit thank u if not pray 4 me.”
At the start of this year Toni Braxton dropped a rather shocking bomb on the music world when she revealed that she was considering retirement.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be doing anymore music, I’ve said that before in the past but I don’t know,” the Un-break My Heart singer said during a February interview with Tom Joyner.
“I just don’t know. Maybe I’m mad at music. I don’t know what it is. I can’t, my heart’s not in it right now,” she continued. “They’re [the record labels] actually calling and I’m like well ‘I don’t know if I want to do another record’ but that’s a blessing I guess but I gotta be in it, I gotta love it and maybe because everything that has happened to me I don’t know.”
Thankfully, it looks like her good friend Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds helped to pull her out of the musical rut that she found herself in. Back in August we told you that the duo will be joining forces for a collaborative album titled, Love, Marriage, Divorce. Radio DJs can’t seem to get enough of their first single, “Hurt You,” so it looks like it’s safe to say that Toni is no longer considering retirement. She also confirmed this during a recent interview with The Grio.
“I was going to retire because I was thinking about my career. So he [Babyface] told me you can’t think about that, you have to go back to being an artist and performing and loving your artistry,” Toni told Chris Witherspoon.
“Retiring is off the table now. I don’t know what I was thinking. I will never retire… ever, ever,” she continued.
We’re glad she came to her senses!
Check out footage from her interview on the next page.
Now those are two names you probably never thought you’d hear in the same sentence: Babyface and Miley Cyrus. But since Miley is the flavor of the month, everyone is expected to speak on her shenanigans as of late. And everyone includes Babyface.
When the music legend visited Bethenny’s show, she asked what he made of Miley smoking weed in Amsterdam on stage at the EMAs. And unlike many other older singers and entertainers, (looking at you Uncle Charlie), Babyface seemed relatively unfazed by her antics.
Bethenny: What about the Miley smoking pot in Amsterdam? Wow, what do you think of that?
Babyface: How old is she?
Bethenny: 20, no?
Babyface: Yeah, so she can do it right.
Bethenny: She can do it I guess. Are we done, we’re just not expecting her to be any kind of a role model?
Babyface: I don’t think you sign on to be a role model. I think when you first start doing, if you’re an entertainer, whoever you are you have to be who you are and I think that when you play this role of I’m a role model or whatever and that’s not necessarily who you are then I think you are lying to people anyway.
Bethenny: But are you playing it or are you just feeling a responsibility? It’s not that I signed on to be anything but in having this gift of this platform to have conversations and hopefully inspire women, I am not going to go do something stupid and start doing drugs because people depend upon me to give them hope and help them with what they’re doing and I feel like to just do that is a big f you.
Babyface: I think that’s wonderful for you.
Bethenny: To me, I’ve been fine the whole time, if you want to put your tongue out or have sex with a ball I guess, I’ve been fine. This kind of crossed the line because so many people are just trying to keep their kids away from drugs, trying to keep their kids from having sex at twelve. So many different things, someone should be like let’s just reel it in a little bit.
Babyface: I think she’s young and she’s going to go through what she goes through. I don’t know what you were like at 20?
Bethenny: I was wild.
Babyface: She’s young and she’s going to go through it. What I know of because I’ve hung out with Miley, I’ve known her when she was younger, I know her as a really good girl, a good person.
I share Babyface’s sentiments in a sense. Miley is grown. I’m not shocked or appalled by anything she’s done thus far. I’m just genuinely tired of hearing about her and what seem like very cheap, and in some cases exploitative, attention-seeking stunts. Over it.
Check out the video of his less than bothered reaction below.
And then Bethenny, by way of a Toni Braxton tweet, asked Babyface if she, Toni, was harder to work with 20 years ago or right now. See what he had to say on the next page.
The stars were out in Las Vegas Friday night for the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards. Hosted by actor Anthony Anderson, the focus for this year’s awards show has been to make it as much fun as possible. Now, the show doesn’t actually air until December 1st (on Centric and BET) so we don’t know if they succeeded; however, we know how they looked. Check out some of the photos from the red carpet on the next two pages!
Sometimes a director will create a music video so raw and emotional we can’t help but think “darn you” as we reach for tissues and wipe away tears after a three-to-five minute emotional roller coaster of a video. That’s precisely the reaction we had when it comes to the items in this list. Here are 15 of the saddest music videos ever made.
Aaron Hall – “I Miss You”
Aaron Hall first started out with the group Guy, but after Teddy Riley decided to take his New Jack Swing to Blackstreet, Hall forged on with a solo career. His biggest hit by himself is the tender love song “I Miss You.” In the video, Hall is over the moon that his lady is expecting his child He showers her with love and affection but his world is turned upside down when she starts having complications from the pregnancy. He ruses her to the hospital but it’s too late.
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It’s like 1993 all over again!
It was 20 years ago that Babyface and a young Toni Braxton did their first duet together with “Give U My Heart” from the Boomerang soundtrack (Those were the days). Now, 20 years later, the two are teaming up again to actually release a duets album called Love, Marriage & Divorce, which comes out November 25, just in time to jam to with some turkey and stuffing. The first single from the album, is “Hurt You,” which we shared with you a couple months ago. Now the video has finally been released. They still have great chemistry, but this time around, Babyface kept his shirt on, and Toni took some clothes off.
In the Ray Kay directed clip, the two are a couple whose relationship is breaking down after they both cheat on the other. Separated by a wall (both literally and figuratively I guess), they sing and share their pain and regret, and eventually, work together to break down that wall and come closer together–aka, rebuild their relationship. It sounds corny, but it’s actually pretty interesting. Plus, we’re digging the song as it’s just the right sound for the two veterans. Ya’ll already know Babyface can’t lose on the songwriting tip.
Check out the clip for yourself and let us know if you’re digging it. Pass or play?
And for a ride down memory lane, check out their first duet with “Give U My Heart” below.
Six-time Grammy Award-winning singer Toni Braxton has a story that reads like it was ripped directly from the pages of a Hollywood movie script. Though she originally had plans of becoming a school teacher, all of that change during one life-altering moment. She was discovered by William E. Pettaway, while pumping gas and singing to herself. The rest is history!
It appears that we’ll all be able to read that fairytale-esque story from beginning to end, as the Braxton Family Values star is gearing up to release her very first memoir, Unbreak My Heart. Details surrounding the book are still quite scarce, we do know that it is scheduled to hit shelves February 11, 2014. Hard copies will be sold for $20.14, while Kindle editions will be made available for $13.99. They are already available for pre-sale on Amazon.
Toni has yet to publicly comment on or even officially announce the release of her upcoming book, but we’re sure that we will be hearing a whole lot about it in the coming months. As with everything else, we will continue to keep you posted as more details develop.
Would you be interested in reading a memoir by Toni Braxton? Are there any particular aspects of her life that you hope she touches on?
Has anyone else noticed that when it comes to today’s R&B singer, people only speak on Beyoncé and Rihanna? And when they do, a majority of the time, it’s to have a debate about which diva is better. Somebody has to be ‘on top.’ In the year 2013, women in the R&B game (if not all of music) can’t seem to co-exist to fans; they have to be at the top, or they need to find a new job. Only one can be the head you-know-what in charge, and it’s not based on actual talent anymore, but who sells the most songs, albums and tickets for their tour, and who has a wealth of outside projects bringing them money. Being a successful brand has trumped being an-all around gifted singer/musician. It absolutely sucks.
I miss the days when singers and female rappers hopped on each other’s tracks. I miss when they made cameos in each other’s videos. I miss when they could show the world their talent and sell records with their clothes on, and in the case of someone like Aaliyah, with baggy clothes on at that. And most of all, I miss the days of R&B singers actually dropping R&B tracks and not going completely pop and electronic dance to sell some singles. The day of the talented R&B singer and her soulful music has shifted drastically, and instead of showing solidarity, half of the time, folks are beefing with each other on Twitter over frivolous drama. It’s sad when you consider the bevvy of singers that were around making moves in the ’80s and ’90s by themselves and in groups.
This realization came, not after watching yet another twerk-filled video, but after having a conversation with a co-worker who came to the conclusion that the R&B game is getting smaller and weaker. We were talking about a particular artist who despite some light buzz, still hadn’t had an album released by her label, and was somewhat “famous” for just being seen. My colleague wound up saying, “I just don’t care about R&B singers anymore,” and that kind of made me sad.
In my mind, I thought about how geeked up folks would get about a new Mary J album back in the day. I thought about people’s excitement over Jill Scott and her sound, singing in unison “I’m getting tiiiiiired of yo s**t” to Erykah Badu, blasting Lauryn Hill (though she was also Hip-Hop), jamming to Zhané, dancing to a Janet track, trying to do the Toni voice, and cooling out to Sade. Now, as previously stated, it’s either Bey or Rih. Anybody else gets limited love because for one, everybody’s trying to do MORE than just sing (they want to be on TV and act and take forever to put out new albums). It’s also because we, the media, give a majority of shine to the women only on top, and also because these big names won’t take a break from the spotlight because of fears of fading out of importance and getting a tad bit irrelevant. How long was Bey really on maternity leave? And I think we’ve all come to expect an album a year from Rihanna (she’s got three months left to drop something).
But another big part of it is that the singers looking for shine are lacking star power. They might be able to sing their behinds off, but their label won’t drop their album and would rather let them resort to mixtape after mixtape because they don’t have the “It” factor that singers from back in the day had. Most R&B singers and female lyricists had their own unique style and sound years ago (though in the ’80s everybody and their mom had to do big curly hair). Today, everyone looks the same (you either have a cascading weave or a short cut shaved on the sides with a lot of hair at the crown), everyone’s dressing the same and then blaming each other for stealing old styles, and the tracks don’t necessarily stand out (everybody’s writing angry love songs or boring ones). So the women, in turn, don’t stand out.
Aside from gifted singers who don’t receive as much shine as they should (Janelle Monae, Elle Varner, Melanie Fiona, etc.), R&B is on struggle mode. And if it wasn’t hard enough, some folks doing well who should be considered R&B are trying to act like they’re more rock or dance so they won’t be stuck in a box. The sound has changed with the times, and I don’t know about you, but I’m not all that impressed. I want that old thing back…
Multiple media outlets have been reporting that there’s a new man in Toni Braxton’s life. The Grammy Award-winning singer was recently photographed being escorted into her sister Towanda’s 40th birthday bash by an older, Caucasian gentlemen. Once the photos hit the web, many began to question the identity of the mystery man and of course, what his relationship was to Toni. Well, it turns out that the man in the photograph is Craig Baumgarten, a Hollywood movie producer, who according to his Facebook page, has worked at both Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox in the past. He’s also very married. Good news though, as it turns out, he and Toni aren’t dating at all. He’s actually her film and television manager.
“This story is false and very funny. I am her manager and very happily married. My wife and Toni are great friends,” Craig told RumorFix.
Well, it’s great to know that Toni isn’t out wrecking happy homes since she finalized her divorce from ex-husband, Keri Lewis, earlier this year. Although the ageless beauty isn’t seeing her manager romantically, she did admit that she is ready to date.
“I’m looking forward to new possibilities, from men to money to music. Maybe I should have a scandal. I don’t want to be a cougar. A guy in his late 40s or 50s is probably in my alley,” she told the Huffington Post back in August.
Hopefully she finds the love that she’s in search of.
Towanda Braxton Celebrates 40th With “School Daze” Themed Bash — All Her Sisters Dress Up Except Tamar
Guess who turned the big 4-0!? Braxton sister Towanda threw herself an ’80s themed School Daze party. Unfortunately, it seems a lot of the attendees didn’t really get the memo. Some of them looked more ’90s than ’80s, and some folks (like singer Nivea) just threw on an afro wig and camel-toe inducing shorts and acted like it was a look from the back in the day. Trina rocked a Flashdance inspired look, but everybody else kind of did there own thing. Toni rocked a fringe vest, Traci wore an off-the-shoulder look with leather, and Tamar, well, she didn’t even participate, despite Towanda encouraging guests to dress the part. Instead, she rocked an LBD with a jacket and seemed to stay to herself or with their mother and father during the soiree. As you can see from the photos below and on the next page, she didn’t seem as enthused by the party as her siblings were.
Anywho, the birthday girl wore a majorettes sheer and fringed ensemble that she popped out of a box in. The look definitely showed off her fabulous frame and the event at Compound in Atlanta also featured a live marching band and dancers, DJs working from a huge boombox stand, graffiti of the sisters and more. Check out more flicks from the party below and on the next page and let us know if you think these folks played the ’80s theme well of if they missed the mark. Happy belated birthday Towanda!